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I don’t know about you, but I’ve fallen head over heels for these tissue paper tassel garlands. So pretty and colourful! I’ve found a lot of beautiful ones online but I have to admit they were a little out of my price range… that’s why I decided to DIY and make my own! These are actually crazy easy to do, and quite therapeutic when you get into it…
All you need is some lovely tissue paper, scissors, string and a little bit of glue or tape.
To start with, I thought I would show you how to fold the tissue for the quickest way to cut it to size. Sometimes when you buy it it’s folded correctly, but just incase you’re working with a flat sheet (or iron it to get the kinks out) I thought I would go over it again.
So, following the creases in the picture basically: 1) fold the tissue in half to make a long horizontal piece. 2) fold the tissue across so it halves again…
3) And fold over once more. Basically you should end up with a lovely long rectangle of tissue paper ready to be cut. Bare in mind the only important fold that you cannot cut is the one along the top…
Using your scissors, cut the length of the tissue paper into several small fringe strips. You need to leave around 2cm from the top (2cm down from the fold), so take your time.
So, it should look like 6) once it’s trimmed to size.
7) Gently unfold the tissue paper length-ways and you’ll notice where the sections to each piece is.
8) Using your scissors again, trim where each section joins…
9) When you open up these you’ll see they are all joined in the middle. Perfect!
This is were it gets a little fiddly! You need to roll all of these pieces in the middle. Don’t worry if it’s a little messy, no one will see 🙂
Once rolled, you will be able to twist the tissue paper like so… this will strengthen the join.
When that’s done, the last thing to do is twist it all together tightly so you get a hoop at the top. Excellent!
Once you’ve done the set, work out the order you’d like to hang them in if you’re doing a mixture of colours by laying them out on the table. Add a little bit of glue or tape around the ‘neck’ of the join to keep all the tassels together and thread them onto your string…
Isn’t it the cutest bunting you’ve ever seen? There are so many beautiful colour combinations you can make these in you’re going to have garlands for every occasion! Weddings, hen dos, birthday parties and baby showers can all be created to their colour schemes. This set will be making an appearance at our Etsy Craft Party but I’ve got plans for them to hang in our studio once they’re done — well, a tassel garland is for life, not just for Christmas heehee!
Hope you enjoy using this tutorial! Would love to hear what you’re celebrating 😀
Happy Making! xox
Vicky Viola is a designer and blogger based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Over the past 4 years she has established Vivid Please, an illustration and design company that brings her illustrations into life by transforming trivial products into playful necessities with a sense of humor. With a dedication to unique style, her creative talents have cultivated many popular DIYs and quirky outfit posts, all with a retro twist, naturally!
Products from Vivid Please have been featured in Italian Vogue, Biba Magazine, Goodie Goodness, Stylist Magazine, Storenvy, Uncovet and Refinery29, with awards from Blog & Buy Sale and Confessions Of A Design Geek and Cut Out And Keep. Vicky's DIY tutorials have been featured by Mollie Makes Magazine, Vintage Life Magazine, Nido Magazine, Homespun Magazine, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. Brands she has worked with include Joules, Laidbare, Projecto, Cable and Cotton and Firmoo.
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